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Newsletter - March, 2015

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I have the pleasure of working with a large number of non-profit organizations and associations. One of the causes that is very near and dear to my heart is supporting the mental health of those who serve. As the daughter of a wounded warrior and niece of seven combat uncles, I know first-hand the toll that fighting can take on those who sacrifice in service to our nation and their loved ones. That is why I am a proud that MilitaryConnection.com is a partner in the Campaign to Change Direction. This initiative brings together concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who are creating a new story about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. It is my hope that everyone will learn the “five signs of emotional suffering” so that you can recognize them in yourself, or help a loved one who may be in emotional pain. To learn more, please visit http://www.changedirection.org.

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com

   
   

iPad Air and Fire HD Tablets

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Giveaways for Military Spouses

To promote the MyCAA scholarship program, MyCareerWorks created the MyCAA Scholarship Awareness Campaign. The MyCAA Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. According to a recent Military Times article, less than one-fifth of military spouses who are eligible for the Defense Department’s scholarship program are using it. In fact, more than half of those polled were unaware of the program.

To increase knowledge of the program, MyCareerWorks is launching the MyCAA Scholarship Awareness Campaign, which features Apple iPad Air and 3 Amazon Fire HD tablets monthly giveaways for military spouses. Please share this link with any military spouses you know! http://mycareerworks.org/mycaa-milcon.html

   
   

Yellow Ribbon School

Yellow Ribbon School

Stand Out. Achieve. Inspire.

The University of Louisville is a military friendly school and a proud Yellow Ribbon program participant. UofL offers 100% online programs, so that no matter where you are in the world, you can complete your bachelor's or master's degree without ever having entered a “traditional” classroom. Among the highest in-demand online degrees are the Organizational Leadership and Learning, Nursing, Criminal Justice, HR & Organization Development, Civil Engineering, Higher Education Administration and Social Work. These degrees open the door to many fulfilling careers and opportunities for advancement. Through the education you'll receive at the University of Louisville, you're preparing for a smooth transition from your green-collar duty to your white-collar career success by adding tremendous value to your talent and experience. Because education is one of the main influencing factors for landing a better job as a civilian, it’s important to choose an online program that best fits your goals to start your future now. To learn more about UofL’s online programs, click here

   
   

Questions, Questions...

Cal Vet

Your GI Bill Benefits

The Post 9/11 GI Bill affords many great benefits, including tuition, a housing allowance, and a book/supplies stipend. But how do you choose a school that will best meet your needs? What is the best way to use your benefit? How do you connect with other Veterans and become part of that community? Military Connection Staff Writer Joe Silva shares his experiences as a Veteran student who has navigated these waters, having achieved his Bachelor's degree, and steaming full speed ahead (Navy puns intentional, Joe!) towards his Master's. We invite you to read his articles to find answers to your questions.

   
   

Featured School

American Sentinel

Education Focused on High-Demand Civilian Careers

As you transition to civilian life, consider a career in the high-demand healthcare industry. Transformational leaders capable of solving critical issues are urgently needed in this fast-growing industry. An advanced degree in nursing or healthcare management can open the door to a leadership opportunity in this fast growing industry. American Sentinel online degree programs are affordable and attainable. The flexible courses can be taken anywhere and anytime. Degree programs include: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN, M.S Nursing (with 5 specializations), Doctor of Nursing Practice (2 specializations), MBA Healthcare, MS Business intelligence and Analytics, M.S. Information System Management and more. American Sentinel is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education. American Sentinel is a proud supporter of their military students, providing no-cost evaluation of military training, CLEP and DSST exams, ACE- evaluated and industry-certification training, as well as prior college credits. Learn more here.

   
   

Franchise Discount for Veterans

Franchise Discount for Veterans

Ready to Be Your Own Boss?

JDog Junk Removal (“JDog”) is the first company to build a national military Veteran brand, offering franchise opportunities exclusively to members of the military, Veterans and their family members. JDog operators are immediately recognizable by their “military themed vehicles” and uniforms that feature their mascot, the military bulldog. Conceived by Army Veteran and current CEO Jerry Flanagan and operating on the principles of respect, integrity and trust, JDog is poised to lead the way for all Veteran franchise opportunities. If you want to join a proven brand with a business strategy that will benefit you as a hardworking, motivated entrepreneur, then JDog Junk Removal is for you. For more information and to learn about the limited time franchise fee discount, click here.

   
   

Special Screenings

Special Screenings

Nominate a Female Vet

NBC is introducing a new show called American Odyssey. The television show represents Women Warriors. American Odyssey hopes to help change the perception of the women who fight for our country’s freedom. Real-life women warriors will be honored at nationwide screenings on March 25th, ahead of the series premiere in April. The first 10-15 qualified nominees, per location, will be selected as honorees. If you have someone you would like to nominate in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco or Philadelphia, please visit http://bit.ly/1AZ67rK and complete the submission form.

   
   

AFVW is Now Altavita

Altavita

New Name, Same Great Community!

Air Force Village West may be changing their name to Altavita, but that won’t change its commitment to their residents to provide camaraderie, courtesy and loyalty. Altavita is spreading their wings to include a broader base of residents, all welcomed to feel at home and a part of the family. In order to meet the needs of a new generation of mature adults, Altavita’s master plan includes the best in housing, dining, amenities and wellness. If this is your time to soar, check out Altavita at www.LiveAltavita.org.

   
   

The Competitive Spirit

Competitive Spirit

Getting Ready for the Games

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently accepting applications from Veterans interested in competing in the 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games. The 2015 National Veterans Golden Age Games take place in Omaha, Nebraska, Aug. 8-12. Applications can be completed online here, and will be accepted through May 15. Veterans ages 55 and older who are enrolled for VA care are eligible to participate.

   
   

Mortgage News

VetsCanSave

Put Yourself in Trusted Hands

On March 18th, mortgage rates plummeted, relatively speaking. While the average improvement of 0.10% might not look like much at face value, so far, it's been the biggest one-day drop in 2015. With this improvement, the most prevalently-quoted conventional 30yr fixed loan for top tier borrowers fell back to 3.75%. At Military Connection, we have seen, first hand, the lengths that VetsCanSave goes to in order to secure a competitive rate, even for those “hard to finance” users. It’s important to note that VetsCanSave will never sell or forward your information to multiple lenders. As the father of three Veterans, VetsCanSave President Joe Kelly has made it his mission to educate consumers on mortgage strategies that increase savings while reducing debt. You can be assured that the team at VetsCanSave will give you the benefit of their many years of experience, along with the highest level of customer service

   
   

Featured Employer

Featured Employer

Dedicated to Professionals Who Are Dedicated to Children

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric healthcare systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. Nemours offers integrated, family-centered care to more than 280,000 children each year in their pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Their dedicated professionals integrate medical care, research, health education, and prevention to help improve the lives of children every day. As a Nemours Associate, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines, pursue your passion for excellence in children’s health care, and advance professionally as you work alongside some of the country’s top pediatric practitioners. To learn more about Nemours and view current opportunities, click here.

   
   

Jobs & More Jobs

Jobs & More Jobs

Register Today!

Visit our Job Area - Check out our Job Board with thousands of jobs in many occupational areas. Register as a Job Seeker and upload your resume so that Employers can find you. You should also check out our Virtual Job Fair of top jobs, and all the all the valuable employment resources we provide.

   
   

Join In!

Veterans SUmmer Sports Clinic

Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications from Veterans interested in participating in the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. The 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic will be held Sept.13-18 at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, California. The annual event is expected to attract Veterans from all over the country who have sustained a variety of injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limb. For more information or for an application, visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov.

   
   

Equine Therapy

War Horse

Complimentary Program for Veterans

For those returning from military service, the transition to civilian life can present certain challenges- finding a job, securing housing and learning different skills. War Horses For Veterans® was created to provide Veterans all across the country with networking support in the special context of an equine bonding experience. Based just outside of Kansas City, Kansas, War Horses for Veterans is a three-day program that offers participants the opportunity to connect with horses, while sharing an experience with their peers, in a safe and comfortable environment. Co-founded in 2014 by Veteran Patrick Benson, the non-profit provides an all-paid networking opportunity for Veterans who meet the criteria. Applicants should be aware that this is not a treatment program, but rather an experience.

   
   

Congratulations

A Big Win

A Big Win for HBO and Veterans

We would like to congratulate HBO’s Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, on the recent Oscar win. The documentary highlights the challenges our Veterans can face, and the work of the dedicated Veterans Crisis Line staff to save lives and get Veterans into care. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald said, “We are hopeful that this documentary will help raise awareness of this important issue with the American public. Our Veterans in crisis need to know that there is hope and asking for help makes them stronger.”

   
   

Complimentary Membership

VAMBOA

Veteran Business Owners

VAMBOA is a non-profit trade association working to ensure the development, growth and prosperity of Veteran Owned Businesses, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Businesses of all sizes. VAMBOA will serve the needs of the Veteran and military business communities by uniting veteran and military business owners for collaboration, connections and contracts with both private corporations and government agencies. Join today and take the survey to let them know what issues are important to you. Membership is Free! You have honorably served our nation. VAMBOA is here to serve you is here to serve you and be your voice.

   
   

ASMBA STAR Foundation

ASMBA

Supporting the Military Charities Healing our Nation’s Heroes

By now you already know about the wonderful programs and services ASMBA provides for its members. Did you know that their association is also working hard for all of your military brothers and sisters around the country? They firmly believe their responsibility goes far beyond just helping members and their families. That’s why, in 2006, they created the ASMBA STAR Foundation. The ASMBA STAR Foundation has an important mission to provide for our nation’s military veterans. They do this by funding approximately 100 military charities across America that are making a real difference in the lives of the entire military community. They’re extremely honored to share a few stories with you from the some of the military charities that have received a grant from the STAR Foundation. Please visit their website to read more and watch videos showcasing the fantastic work being done by the grassroots organizations that receive their support.

   
   

Tax Prep Assistance

Tax Prep

More Help, Less Stress

The tax season is in full swing. Compiling your tax information and documents is a difficult task for anyone. But for military families, this experience can be compounded by tax events such as out of state relocations and other confusing pay and residence issues. The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), through Military OneSource, is once again teaming up with H&R Block to offer no-cost tax consultation and no-cost tax preparation and filing to service members and military family members, as well as to Reservists, regardless of activation status. The offer is also extended to surviving spouses and newly separated service members (up to 180 days after their separation). Also, check out some special tax benefits for Armed Forces personnel here

   
   

In the News Now

MC Blog

Check Out Our Blog - Latest and Greatest

The MilitaryConnection.com blog tackles some of the stories that are in the forefront of military news. With the top stories found on our homepage, the blog gives you the opportunity to state your opinion and interact with other users. We hope you will feel that the blog is provided as a service to our users, and participate by commenting on the stories you feel strongly about.

   
   

Not the Easter Bunny

Not the Easter Bunny

But Just As Good!

The Southern California Wheelchair Veterans Association will be distributing Easter gift baskets to many disabled and paralyzed Veterans, many of whom are confined in hospitals year round. Your help makes this program possible, and your donation is the reason that this great non-profit is able to improve the lives of many disabled Veterans. For more information, send your inquiry to [email protected]. All donations are tax deductible.

   
   

EggStravaganza!

EggStravaganza!

Give ‘em Five

More than 200 military children and their parents from Camp Pendleton and nearby military communities will attend Homefront America’s annual Easter EggStravaganza. The families will enjoy egg coloring and hunt, brunch, face painting petting zoo, and more. With just a $5 donation, you can help make this an event to remember for kids who sacrifice so much. Each "Give 'em Five" sponsorship ($ 5.00 value) will purchase a feed basket and train ride for a child. To make a donation, click here.

   
   

Special Discounts

Discounts

Your Company Featured on MilitaryConnection.com

Reach Active Duty Military, Guard and Reservists, Veterans and Military Spouses with jobs, educational opportunities, and excellent products and services. For more information, click here.

   
   

Operation Family Caregiver

Operation Family Caregiver

Helping You Face Tough Challenges

Operation Family Caregiver coaches the families of newly returning service members and veterans to manage the difficulties they face when they come home. OFC is a personalized program, tailored specifically to the struggles of each family. The 2015 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship provides financial assistance to military caregivers who are active (completed at least 75% of sessions by application date) or past participants in the Rosalynn Carter Institute’s Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) program. These caregivers have already reached out for the help that will better equip them to support their loved ones. By sharing their stories, they will help others realize that the healthiest way to care for another is to care for themselves first. Five $2,000 scholarships will be awarded. Visit: www.operationfamilycaregiver.org to learn more about OFC. Once there, click on the FIND SUPPORT button for enrollment details.

   
   

Use It or Lose It

leavecarry

DoD Rolls Back Leave Carry-over Policy

Military service members' February leave and earning statement (LES) will carry a reminder that as of October 1st, any accrued leave more than 60 days will be lost. Servicemembers' LES may have an incorrect use/lose leave balance. Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) is reprogramming pay systems to account for the return to the 60 day leave carryover by the June 2015 LES. Sailors should check their LES and talk with their Command Pass Coordinator (CPC) for help understanding their correct use/lose balance. There are some specific exceptions. Commands with questions on leave policies should contact their local Personnel Support Detachment (PSD) or call the NPC Customer Service Center at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672).

   
   

Do You Have Something to Say?

Do You Have Something to Say?

Calling All Bloggers

The MilitaryConnection.com blog tackles stories that are in the forefront of military news. But now we want to hear from you. Do you have a thought or an idea that is best shared in a blog post? Something you want to share that would be of interest to our readers? Let us know by emailing us at [email protected]. If you put "Blog Post" in the subject line, we'll be able to get to it right away.

   
   

New Initiative

New Initiative

Addressing the Debt We Owe Servicemembers and Veterans

Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart F. Delery announced the creation of the Department of Justice’s Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative. This initiative will further the DOJ’s existing efforts by coordinating and expanding enforcement, outreach, and training efforts on behalf of servicemembers, Veterans, and their families. By prioritizing the enforcement of statutes created to protect civilian employment rights, voting rights, and financial security of those serving in the Armed Forces, the initiative addresses the unique challenges that servicemembers face while on active duty, that Veterans face upon returning home, and that families face when a loved one is deployed.

   
   

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